Archive for September 2017

    • New plan to boost college and career readiness

      (Colo.) Within the next decade, at least two-thirds of Colorado adults could attain post-secondary education or career training under a new initiative announced by higher education officials last week.

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    • CA’s LCFF attracts international praise

      (Calif.) New analysis from an acclaimed education researcher based in Toronto gives California’s newly restructured school funding and accountability system high marks—but notes much work remains on the ambiguous nature of overall goals.

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    • ESSA plans become political footballs in two states

      (District of Columbia) While school officials in most states have been anxious about how the U.S. Department of Education will respond to their plans for complying with the Every Student Succeeds Act, two GOP governors last week surprised constituents by rejecting the federally-mandated document before it even got to Washington.

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    • Bar on surprise bills makes for a routine end of session

      (Calif.) Lawmakers closed the legislative session on Friday, sending hundreds of bills to the governor including one adjusting the spending cap imposed on school districts, and another that would hike in state support for home-to-school transportation.

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    • Why present achievement levels matter

      One of the overlooked lessons from the Endrew ruling of last spring is that a notation of present levels of performance is a corollary to constructing an individualized education plan that ensures a free appropriate public education. Though identifying functional capacity in all domains–academic, social, vocational, and behavioral–is a routine matter for IEP teams, that identification should be thorough and explicit.

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    • Bills supporting diverse student body move to Gov.

      (Calif.) A pair of bills headed to the Governor’s desk will allow students to wear cultural adornments during graduation ceremonies, and will require schools to inform parents of English learners of their child’s language development progress.

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    • Schools look to alter defined benefit pensions

      (District of Columbia) Long considered the polestar of public employment compensation, the defined benefit pension has also emerged in recent years a key driver of budget deficits on both the state and local level.

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    • Testing group pledges interim testing fixes

      (Calif.) In clear response to pending legislation, the head of one of the nation’s two dominate testing consortiums gave assurances Wednesday that teachers in California are being given access to data on interim student testing.

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    • Use caution with allowable costs

      “Slippery when wet” is a common road sign on rural roads–the phrase comes to mind when considering certain expenses that must be scrutinized critically when allocating federal funds. As we have previously stated in this column, caution with regard to compliance is highly advised to avoid audit findings that can be embarrassing and, in some cases, expensive.

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    • Adaptive learning tech may prompt new data security risks

      (Colo.) With districts throughout the country clamoring to implement adapted learning programs to promote personalized education, experts are calling on schools to ensure the technology used in such programs isn’t putting student data at risk.

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